Making sense of the rates

PG&E offers two electric vehicle rate plans for residential customers. EV-A combines your vehicle's electricity costs with those of your residence. EV-B involves the installation of another meter, which separates your vehicle's electricity costs from those of your home.


Both EV-A and EV-B are non-tiered, time-of-use plans, which means that the rate you pay is based on the time of day you use the electricity. Costs are lowest from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. when demand is lowest, making this the best time to charge your vehicle. Electricity is more expensive during Peak (2-9 p.m.) and Partial-Peak (7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.) periods. See graphic below for detailed information on EV rate costs and times.

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Making sense of the rates. Lowest cost, ideal charging times - off peak: 11pm - 7am. Partial-peak: 7am - 2pm and 9pm - 11pm. Peak: 2pm - 9pm.
NOTE: Weekends and holidays only include Peak (3-7 p.m.) and Off-Peak (all other hours) periods.

Make an informed decision

Before selecting a plan, it's a good idea to review your current energy usage data and your driving habits. You can check your energy usage by logging in to your PG&E online account.

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Find the best plan for you

RateCustomers who may benefitDescriptionThings to consider

EV-A
(Non-tiered, Time-of-Use)

Higher energy consumers (tiers 2 and 3) or lower energy consumers (tier 1) who will drive often. If you can reduce your usage from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays, this rate plan may be best for you.

Single meter for your home and EV charging. The price per kilowatt-hour varies depending on the time.

Avoid charging during peak hours. To maximize savings, consider shifting other household energy usage to less expensive, low demand hours (see chart, above).

EV-B
(Non-tiered, Time-of-Use)

Customers who want to track their EV charging separate from their home energy consumption with a dedicated meter. If you can reduce your usage from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays, this rate plan may be best for you.

Dual meters: one for your household and one for electric vehicle charging. The price for charging varies throughout the day. Your home energy use is measured separately.

Avoid charging during peak hours. Costs for second meter installation may be significant. One-time $100 fee per meter, plus cost to install charging station and second electric panel. Service upgrade may also be required.

Customers with low energy usage (tier 1) who can't shift their usage to off-peak hours and do not drive that often.

Single meter for your home and EV. Costs are based on three usage tiers. As you use more electricity during your billing period, you move into higher priced tiers.

You'll need to conserve energy throughout the month to stay in lower priced tiers as long as possible.

Customers who don't use much energy (tier 1 on E1) and can be flexible about when you use it. If you can reduce your usage from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays this rate plan may be best for you.

Single meter for your home and EV. You receive a credit for all usage up to your baseline allowance. Prices are higher in the summer than in the winter.

Avoid charging EV during peak hours.

Customers who use more energy (tier 2 or 3 on E1) and can be flexible about when you use it. If you can reduce your usage from 4-9 p.m. on weekdays, this rate plan would be beneficial.

Single meter for your home and EV. Prices are higher in the summer than in the winter.

Avoid charging EV during peak hours.

E6
(Tiered, Time-of-Use)

NOTE: This rate plan was closed to new enrollment as of 5/30/2016*

Low energy-use customers who can use major appliances before 10 a.m. in the summer and 5 p.m. in the winter, or after 9 p.m. in the summer and 8 p.m. in the winter—instead of on weekday afternoons.

Single household meter for your home and EV. The price per kilowatt-hour is based on the time you use electricity and the amount of electricity you use.

You'll need to conserve energy throughout the month, but the price you pay also varies by time of day and season.

*All customers who were enrolled in the now closed E6 rate plan as of May 30, 2016 will be able to remain on that rate through 2022. Through 2020, the Time-of-Use rate period for E6 will remain the same as today, with a two-year transition to a 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. peak period by 2022. Please note, if you move to another service address, you will not be eligible to remain on the E6 rate plan.


PLEASE NOTE:

  • Residential consumption for customers will vary depending on whether an electric vehicle is charged at work or in public locations.
  • Customers are allowed to change their rate schedule twice in the first 12 months, but after the second rate change they must remain on the new rate for 12 months.
  • If they opt to install a meter dedicated to their electric vehicle, they are only eligible for EV-B on that meter. Their house, however, will be eligible for PG&E's other rate plans.
  • EV-A and EV-B customers are ineligible for the following programs: CARE, FERA, Medical Baseline, SmartRate™ and PG&E Employee Discount.
  • ETOU-B customers are ineligible for the PG&E Employee Discount.
  • Medical Baseline customers do not receive additional medical baseline allotment on the Time-of-Use Rate Plan 4-9 p.m. (ETOU-B)
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